Stoke leave Beattie, Kitson at home from Austria tour

Stoke City have banned James Beattie from their preseason Austria tour.

Stoke City have banned James Beattie from their preseason Austria tour.

The Mirror says Beattie has suffered another humiliating snub at Stoke - after being told to stay home for the Potters' tour of Austria.

Beattie and £5.5m misfit Dave Kitson have both been left out of Stoke's pre-season trip by boss Tony Pulis.

Stoke are desperate to get former England striker Beattie, 32, off the books but are determined to hold out for a fee of around £1.75m.

Beattie's hometown club Blackburn are struggling to raise the cash while West Bromwich Albion are also reluctant to pay the figure.

 
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